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Banish SAD today

Looking for advice on natural health and wellbeing? Your local independent health store can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This month we speak to Mel Ratcliffe, owner of Bare Health in Congleton, Cheshire.

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Independent health store advice on natural health for children and babies

Looking for advice on natural health and wellbeing? Your local independent health store can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This month we speak to Beth Leopold and Fliss Trenerry from Archie Browns in Cornwall.

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Independent health store advice on promoting good sleep

Looking for advice on natural health and wellbeing? Your local independent health store can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This month we speak to Angela Stephenson, store manager at Natural Food Store in Norwich.

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Independent health store advice on candida

Looking for advice on natural health and wellbeing? Your local independent health store can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This month we speak to Carol Hill, owner of Healthy Stuff in Marlow, Bucks.

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Independent health store advice on wheat flour alternatives

Looking for advice on natural health and wellbeing? Your local independent health store can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This month we speak to Vicky Perks, store manager and nutritionist at Beanfreaks in Cardiff.

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Independent health store advice on joint health

Looking for advice on natural health and wellbeing? Your local independent health store can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This month we speak to Tracey Malcolm, owner at Tullivers Health Shop in York.

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Independent health store advice on vegetarian diets

Looking for advice on natural health and wellbeing? Your local independent health store can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This month we speak to Dave Jarvis, a co-director of Arjuna Wholefoods.

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Independent health store advice on supporting children's health plus spring bugs and allergies

The most important first line of immune defence would be a prebiotic and probiotic. Both are flavourless and come in powder form so are very child-friendly. Providing your child’s body with more good bacteria helps to protect them against the bad germs and bacteria that can circulate.

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Sensitive skin

Looking for advice on natural health and wellbeing? Your local independent health store can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This month we speak to Kate Segal, nutritional therapist and owner at Inside Out Health in Reigate, Surrey.

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Independent health store advice on natural ways to tackle stress and anxiety

Looking for advice on natural health and wellbeing? Your local independent health store can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This month we speak to Patricia Brune, supervisor with Food for Thought in Kingston-Upon-Thames.

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Future-proof your health

A number of health conditions, from dementia to heart disease, are linked with ageing. However that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things you can do to protect your risk of age-related diseases. We spoke to a number of natural health experts to find out how to reduce your risk of disease and ‘future-proof’ your health through diet and lifestyle changes.

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Independent health store advice on non-alcoholic drinks and natural support for your liver

If you’ve really overindulged during the festive season, your liver will thank you for the rest that comes with taking part in Dry January. This period of abstinence can also help you to break bad lifestyle habits such as relying on a glass of wine at night to help you unwind.

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Independent health store advice on healthy winter drinks

Hot drinks can be warming and comforting during the cold winter months and there are plenty of healthy, natural offerings to be found in your local independent health food store.

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Independent health store advice on understanding essential fatty acids

Your body is unable to make essential fatty acids so they can only be obtained through your diet. The main essential fatty acids are omega-3 and omega-6.

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Term-time tips

As the summer holidays draw to a close, parents and children across the country will start preparing for their first time at school or their return to the classroom.

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Independent health store advice on honey

Honey has been regularly consumed for thousands of years due to its health-giving properties. All honeys, when used correctly, and in moderation, have health benefits.

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Independent health store advice on fermented foods

Fermented foods have become increasingly popular in recent years as more and more people are becoming aware of their health benefits. The range of fermented foods that are available has increased too, and health food stores now stock a wide variety of these products.

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Independent health store advice on men’s health

Looking for advice on natural health and wellbeing? Your local independent health store can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This month we speak to Maggie Drennan, co-owner of Spill the Beans in Wimborne, Dorset

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Your healthy holiday checklist

You’ve booked your hotel and your flight, packed your suitcase and are looking forward to some sun, sea and relaxation. But have you packed everything you need for a healthy holiday? Health hazards such as sunburn, insect bites and travellers’ diarrhoea can really spoil a holiday, so make sure you are well equipped and well prepared. Thanks to our natural health experts, we’ve come up with a checklist of everything you need to pack to enjoy a happy, healthy, stress-free holiday.

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Fatigue fighters

Feeling tired and lethargic? Step away from the coffee machine! There are a whole host of natural energy boosters that can help to blow away the cobwebs – and they’re much better for your health than a double espresso.

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Independent health store advice on natural remedies for IBS

Looking for advice on natural health and wellbeing? Your local independent health store can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This month we speak to Kathryn Lewis, owner of Abaca Health Store in Liverpool

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Independent health store advice on Fairtrade Fortnight

Looking for advice on natural health and wellbeing? Your local independent health store can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This month we speak to Rob Kneebone, manager of the Natural Store in Falmouth

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Independent health store advice on caffeine alternatives

Looking for advice on natural health and wellbeing? Your local independent health store can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This month we speak to Carol Hill, co-owner of Healthy Stuff in Marlow, Buckinghamshire

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Independent health store advice on free-from foods

Looking for advice on natural health and wellbeing? Your local independent health store can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This month we speak to Kat Polland, owner of The Green Door Health Store in St Ives

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Independent health store advice on Christmas gift ideas

Christmas time is always a very busy time of year for us and we find that a lot of our customers come to us to buy Christmas gifts as well as festive food. Your local independent health store is a great place for healthy gift ideas and we can offer plenty of inspiration, help and advice.

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Independent health store advice on essential fatty acids

Looking for advice on natural health and wellbeing? Your local independent health store can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This month we speak to Nina Omotoso, a nutritional consultant based at the Revital health store in London’s Victoria. Essential fatty acids are a very popular product with our customers. We get a lot of people asking about them, particularly during the winter as many people are looking for a combination of essential fats and vitamin D to help support their mood during the darker months.

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Independent health store advice on natural ways to help arthritis

There are two different forms of arthritis: rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. The former is an autoimmune condition, whereby the immune system attacks the joints, and the latter is more to do with wear and tear to the joints. Symptoms tend to include pain, swelling and inflammation, typically in the hands, knees and elbows. Inflammation is at the root of a lot of diseases, which is why it is useful to pinpoint any inflammatory aspects in the diet and introduce more anti-inflammatory aspects.

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Independent health store advice on caffeine-free cuppas

Looking for advice on natural health and wellbeing? Your local independent health store can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This month we speak to Josine Atsma, owner of Stirling Health Food Store, based in Stirling, Central Scotland

We have found that a lot of our customers are interested in finding caffeine-free alternatives. They don't always give a reason why, but it often tends to be because they are having sleeping problems or feel that they are drinking too much coffee and want to cut down.

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Independent health store advice on manuka honey

Looking for advice on natural health and wellbeing? Your local independent health store can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This month we speak to Julie Goodwin, owner of Natural Health in Hertford and Welwyn Garden City.

Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush (Leptospermum scoparium). It is said to have powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties and has been shown to help with everything from wound healing and digestive problems through to helping support the immune system. It is a product that a number of our customers are interested in.

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Independent health store advice on natural ways to tackle stress

Looking for advice on natural health and wellbeing? Your local independent health store can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This month we speak to Julie Belyeu, manager of Acacia Health in Wilmslow

Stress and digestive disorders are the two main health issues that our customers come to see us about. Modern life is so hectic and fast-paced, and everyone is juggling so many things, from work issues to family commitments, that it’s unsurprising that stress is on the increase.

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Independent health store advice on natural oral healthcare

Looking for advice on natural health and wellbeing? Your local independent health store can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This month we speak to Carol Henshaw, owner of Nature’s Remedies in Southport

Natural oral healthcare products are certainly popular among our customers and we stock a wide variety from toothpastes to mouthwashes. Our natural toothpastes are free from sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which is a detergent-based foaming agent.

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Independent health store advice on natural pick-me-ups

Looking for advice on natural health and wellbeing? Your local independent health store can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This month we speak to Abbie Sherwin, manager of Lifestyle Healthcare in Bath.

A lack of energy is something that a lot of people struggle with nowadays, due to busy lives, not enough sleep and other lifestyle factors. We often get customers coming into our store asking for advice on how to boost their energy levels naturally.

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Independent health store advice on eco-friendly cleaning products

Looking for advice on natural health and wellbeing? Your local independent health store can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This month we speak to Lara Holmes, manager of Seasons health food store in Exeter, Devon

We find that a lot of our customers are interested in buying eco-friendly cleaning products and we now stock a wide range of natural, biodegradable household products that are also ethically sound.

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Your questions answered on poor digestion, soothing sensitive skin and dairy alternatives March 2015 Page 14
Independent health store advice on how to get a better night’s sleep March 2015 Page 36
The effects of collagen, natural Valentine’s gifts and winter energy levels February 2015 Page 14
Independent health store advice on looking after your brain naturally February 2015 Page 38
Help for arthritis, dry hair and foods to help babies sleep better January 2015 Page 20
Independent health store advice on winter depression January 2015 Page 22

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